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WILLIAM WHITFIELD II

Born 20 May 1715 Chowan Co., NC
 
Parents William Whitfield I & Elizabeth Goodman
 
Married 1) 6 November 1741 Rachel Bryan, died Nov 1780
    dau. of Needham Bryan and Anne Rambeau
2) Frauzan Metts
 
Died 31 Mar 1795
Buried with Rachel Bryan, Seven Springs, Wayne County, NC
 
Children
1) William III b. 1 June 1743 Rockford, Lenoir Co., NC
m. 1) 1763 Hester Williams
m. 2) Sallie Oliver Hurst
m. 3) 1792 Hannah/Hepzebah Hatch
m. 4) 1795 Sallie Bonner Bryan Hatch
ch: 30 children, 40 descendants in the Confederate Army.
d. March 1817
 
2) Elizabeth b. 16 Mar 1746 White Hall, Wayne Co., NC
m. 1) 1762 Alexander Smith
m. 2) 1785 Farquard Campbell, House of Argyle
ch: Elizabeth, John, Rachel, Mary, Nancy Smith, Robert, James, William, Farquard Campbell
d. ca 1800 Cumberland Co., NC
 
3) Sarah b. 16 Apr 1749 White Hall, Wayne Co., NC
m. 19 May 1768 Col. Joseph Green
ch: John, James, William, Joseph Jr., Elizabeth, SARAH, Fernifold
d. 22 Jan 1780, age 30
NOTES
 
4) Bryan (General) b. 9 Feb 1754 White Hall, Wayne Co., NC
m. 1) Nancy Bryan
m. 2) Winnifred Bryan
ch: Eleven Children
d. 23 Jun 1817
 
5) Charity b. 6 Apr 1756 White Hall, Wayne Co., NC
m. 5 Dec 1771 Col. David Smith
ch: Twelve Children
d. 21 Aug 1818 Harriott Co., NC
 
6) Needham b. 20 Feb 1758 White Hall, Wayne Co., NC
m. 1) Lucy Hatch
m. 2) Betsey Hatch
m. 3) Sallie Watkins
m. 4) Penelope Lane Burk (Bush?)
ch: Thirteen Children
d. d. 6 Apr 1812 White Hall, NC
 
7) Rachel b. 16 Sep 1760 White Hall, Wayne Co., NC
m. 1) 1776 Col. John Heritage
m. 2) Isaac Bryan
m. 3) James Whitfield
m. 4) F. Blount
ch: Nine Children
d. Oct 1825
 
8) Mary b. 18 May 1763 White Hall, Wayne Co., NC
m. 1782 Kedar Bryan
ch: Rachel
d. 1784 or 1790 Duplin Co.,NC
 
9) Lewis b. 23 Jun 1765 White Hall, Wayne Co., NC
m. 1) Charlotte Bryan 27 Oct 1782
m. 2) Tabitha Atkinson
m. 3) Patsy Hinton Bryan
ch: Seventeen Children
d. 1840
Was a Baptist Minister
 
William and Rachel moved to the "Rich lands" on the Neuse River in Lenoir County, N.C., living on the north bank at Rockford. He later purchased "White Hall", now "Seven Springs" in Wayne County, N.C., from Buckskin Williams. Buckskin kept an Indian store at White Hall until 1776. After the battle of Moore's Creek Bridge against the Tories, February 17, 1776, William Whitfield moved to Pleasant Plains, 3 miles from White Hall.

His sons Needham and William were in the Moore's Creek Bridge battle ... Needham a clerk to Col. Casswell who commanded the Whigs, William a private in the Light Horse Calvary, taking prisoner Gen. McDonald, Commander of the Tories. They also took as prisoner in the same battle, Farquard Campbell who later married Elizabeth Whitfield Smith in 1785, sister of the captors.

The Moore's Creek Battle consisted of 4,000 Tories and 1,000 Whigs. All was quiet after the battle until Cornwallis came from Guilford County Courthouse to Wilmington to recruit. Cornwallis came up to Cox's Ferry on the Neuse River and burned the house of Longfield Cox, General William Bryan and other houses at Fort Barnwell. They stole Col. Nathan Bryan's negroes, and he had a narrow escape from capture. The Whigs embedded themselves at "Greenfield", opposite "White Hall". "Greenfield" was then the residence of Col. Joseph Green who married Sarah, daughter of William II and Rachel Bryan Whitfield.

William Whitfield II was a member from Dobbs County to the Assembly held in Wilmington 1761 and 1762. In 1779 he was a member of Governor Casswell's Council held in Newberne, and a Justice of Peace for Johnston County. William was originally a member of the Church of England, but became a Methodist until his son Lewis jointed the Baptist Church in 1789 and became a Minister. William II was baptized by Francis Oliver at the Monthly Meeting at Pleasant Plains, his sons William III and Needham also joining the Baptist Church.

William's occupation was that of Brickmason. His wife, Rachel commented that her husband was a wonderful violinist, playing at the family gatherings.

William Whitfield II died 31 March 1795. After Rachells death in November 1780, William took for his second wife, Frauzan Metts, and is buried with Rachel Bryan in the town of Seven Springs, Wayne County, North Carolina. (Information from "Whitfield, Bryan, Smith & Related Families" by Emma M. Whitfield. Also "Whitfield Record", N.C. Historical & Genealogical Registry Vol. I, #4, p.567-576, Oct. 1900)


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